The population of Bradford is 542,128 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of Bradford to be 546,863. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in Bradford grew by an estimated 2,352 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 19,013. Compare population by area.
Bradford's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was 0.4%, which is 0.0% higher than the average population growth rate in Bradford for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (0.4%).
Bradford covers an area of 366 square kilometres (141 square miles) and has a population density of 1,480 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 52 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration out of Bradford was 2,036, and net international migration into Bradford was 2,338.
Bradford's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in Bradford if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.95, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 12.9, led to population increases of 6,988 during the year, and Bradford's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 9.3 resulted in a 5,028 population decrease. In total, a net 1,960 person natural increase.
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During the past decade, internal migration has risen from a net outflow of 3,091 in 2011 to a net 2,036 outflow. International migration has fallen from a net inflow of 3,129 in 2011 to an inflow of 2,338 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 4,089 people in 2011 to 1,960 in 2020.
Births and deaths was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 146% of the total change in population (over 100% as other factors were net outflows).
Bradford's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
Bradford's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of Bradford is forecast to be 547,333 in 2025 and 551,918 in 2030.
Source: Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence v.3.0. Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2021. Data sources: ONS Local statistics